Wednesday, May 5, 2010

CD Review: Gogol Bordello - Trans-Continental Hustle

Gogol Bordello
Trans-Continental Hustle
American Recordings

Trans-Continental Hustle is a really appropriate title for Gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello's latest album. The songs are literally an aural trip around the world, particularly Eastern Europe. Frontman Eugene Hutz's frenetic vocals weave between English and Slavic and the dynamics of everything between slow and smooth to screaming loud. Acoustic guitars and accordion give the music a folk feel of Easter Europe, while the speed and volume adds the punk flavour. Combine that with catchy melodies and you've got a danceable, fun sound that goes over big with live audiences. Hutz sings of the immigrant experience because of his own background, and makes it accessible in a very funky way. ~Paula E. Kirman

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